‘Gentleman Paddy’ is laid to rest

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large crowds attended the funeral of local window cleaner and Derry City Steward Paddy McDermott who was buried on Sunday.

Tributes have flooded in for the 45-year-old who died in hospital after falling from a ladder at a house in the Oakbridge area of the city on Monday while cleaning gutterings.

Mr. McDermott, from Hazelbank, was well known locally because of his involvement with Derry City Football Club where he had been a steward for 15 years. He also owned a window cleaning company which operated in a number of areas across the city.

The tragic death of the popular father of two sent shockwaves across the city on Friday. Local politicians and Derry City representatives have paid tribute to Mr, McDermott describing him as a “gentleman who was well respected and liked by everyone.”

Derry City Events Manager Billy Scampton said the untimely death was a huge tragedy.

He told the Sunday Journal: “The volume of comments and expressions of sorrow more than bear testimony to the kind of person Paddy was. He was a true gentleman and a huge veil of sadness has descended on all of us since hearing the news. He will be sadly missed.”

SDLP MLA Pat Ramsey, who knew Mr. McDermott personally, said he was shocked after hearing the news.

“I knew Paddy so well and just last week we had a conversation about the benefits to Derry with the All Ireland Fleadh,” he said.

“I was very fond of him. He was a good guy and my thoughts and prayers are with his own family and friends. May he Rest In Peace.”

Condolences also appeared on social networking sites where hundreds left messages of sympathy about the local father of two.

One comment described him as “the nicest person you could ever meet.” His death was described as a terrible loss to the whole community.

Mr. McDermott is survived by his wife Rebecca and sons Patrick and Nathan.